Interview, Published Articles

10 Questions for Uduak Isong-Oguamanam, Filmmaker

Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a talented writer and movie producer. With several screenplays to her name including A Piece of Flesh, Entanglement, Ekaette, Edikan, and Timeless Passion, she also produced the deeply moving Kokomma, the rib-cracking Okon Lagos and its sequel Okon Goes to School, and the riveting ROK series Desperate House Girls, a spin-off of the movie of the same title, all written by her. An alumna of the University of Ibadan where she studied Communication and Arts/Russian Language before proceeding to bag a master’s degree in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester, UK, Uduak Isong Oguamanam also has a diploma in French from Alliance Francaise. I had 10 questions for her. Read the interview HERE.

Published Articles

7 Mistakes Great Screenwriters Do Not Make

I love Nollywood. I’ve loved Nollywood since the days of Igbo movies subtitled in English, all the way to the days of Glamour Girls and True Confession.

The repeated pairing of Liz Benson & Sola Fosudo and Emeka Ike & Genevieve Nnaji could not quench this love, nor could soundtracks that told the entire story drown it.

I loved Nollywood when Stella Damasus was the most beautiful flower in the field, and nobody could cry like her, lip trembling and nose quivering. I can’t forget When the Sun Sets (I still have a crush on Bob-Manuel Udokwu!) because it introduced Kate Henshaw to us. I recall with fondness Ramsey Noah’s début role as “ajebutter” in Silent Night, the days when Segun Arinze was “Black Arrow” in our home. I watched with delight as Jim Iyke evolved from playing the useless drug addict who was always a thorn in his wealthy father’s side, to playing an utterly believable lover boy over and over again; my favourite is still his role as Lucky in Unforgettable with Rita Dominic.

I love Nollywood even more now that we’ve seen The Meeting, False, Kokomma, Falling, Mr & Mrs, Torn, Apaye, The Visit, The Wedding Party and many other movies we’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and are proud of. I love that there’s so much to look forward to.

However, every so often a movie comes along that leaves much to be desired, and you find yourself rolling your eyes, cringing, sighing and wishing every screenwriter would get with the programme already!

After observing screenplays written by the greats, and listening to them speak, it is clear that the major mistakes in such movie scripts are usually variants of one of these.

Inspiration, Published Articles

10 Interesting Facts About Nkem Owoh

It is the rare Nigerian who doesn’t enjoy Nkem Owoh’s work. Not many Nigerian actors have made us laugh as hard as he has; his brand of funny is uniquely his!

Most of us were introduced to him as an actor; little did we know that he had been working in the film industry long before that! Here are 10 interesting facts about the actor fondly called “Osuofia”.

Interview, Published Articles

10 Questions for Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, Director, Screenwriter and Producer

From his days at Mnet’s Tinsel, to Hotel Majestic, ELTV’s Dowry and the web series #howsheleftmybrother, and most recently Hush on Africa Magic, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa has brought to life many much talked about characters and stories over the years. I had 10 questions for the multi-talented director, screenwriter and producer who is the Principal Creative Officer at TatafoHQ. Read the interview HERE.

Inspiration, Interview, Published Articles

Career Of The Week – Rita Onwurah, Screenwriter

Rita Onwurah studied Human Nutrition at the University of Ibadan and has been a screenwriter since 2009, writing and co-writing TV shows and movies like Kiss and Tell, Udeme Mii, Dining with a Long Spoon, Damage, Mrs. Somebody, and Love is in the Hair, to mention a few. She talked to me about her screenwriting career and advice she wishes she’d received as an undergraduate. Click HERE to read the interview.

#COTW

Inspiration, Published Articles

6 Reasons Why Funke Akindele Is Exceptional

It’s been nearly 10 years since Jenifa bounced into the hearts of Nigerians in that first movie, which birthed a sequel and more recently a TV series that still has fans in stitches. Funke Akindele, the woman behind the character in more ways than one, is a woman of many parts. Here are 6 reasons why this skilled actress, screenwriter, producer and director is simply exceptional. Continue reading…

Inspiration, Published Articles

10 Interesting Things About Stephanie Linus

Stephanie Okereke is a household name, and that’s not surprising considering the fact that she’s been working since she was a teenager. In what was no doubt a career milestone, Dry, a movie on Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) that she directed and co-produced, was nominated in 8 categories at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, winning Best Sound Editor and Best Overall Movie. Here are 10 interesting things about Stephanie Okereke that her fans may or may not know. Continue reading…

Published Articles

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Omoni Oboli

Charming actress Omoni Oboli needs no introduction. Her latest movie, Wives on Strike co-starring Chioma Akpotha, Uche Jombo and Ufuoma Ejenobor, returned to the cinemas last month by popular demand. In 2014 she co-produced, directed and starred in a romantic comedy, Being Mrs Elliott, which made waves in more ways than one, and in 2015 she lit up the screen as Maria in the movie Fifty. Here are 7 things you may not have known about her. Continue reading…